Ot­tawa Choir Long Way From Home

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

OnSunday, March 27th, Christ Church cel­e­brated mass at 10:30 AM as usual. Upon ar­riv­ing at church, how­ever, parish­ioners could not help but no­tice a large and con­spic­u­ous bus with On­tario li­cense plates parked out front. A trav­el­ling church choir? In Stanstead?

The Choir from St. John the Evan­ge­list Church of Ot­tawa had come to per­form at mass in Stanstead. The choir, headed by Dr. Gor­don John­son, tours once a year, usu­ally for one week­end. Dr. John­son ex­plained that the choir en­joys per­form­ing in small towns that have no choirs of their own. St. John the Evan­ge­list is an Anglican church and the choir per­forms for other Anglican churches. He spoke of fre­quent vis­its to the East­ern Town­ships and north­ern towns in Que­bec, claim­ing they of­ten find them­selves in English en­claves that, al­though small, are thriv­ing.

photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

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